THE FLATS – No. 11 Georgia Tech women’s tennis won its eighth straight match and defeated No. 29 Miami for the first time since 2012 Tuesday afternoon picking up a 5-2 victory at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. The Hurricanes claimed the doubles point, but Tech took five singles matches to walk away with the win. Tech improved to 14-2 on the season and 5-0 in ACC play with the win.
DOUBLES ACTION: Miami snagged the doubles point winning on courts one and three to gain the early advantage. The Tech duo of Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones wrapped up first on court two, cruising to a 6-2 triumph over Silvia Fuentes and Dominika Paterova. But the Hurricanes quickly evened the playing field grabbing a 6-3 decision on court three as Ana Madcur and Estela Perez-Somarriba defeated Nami Otsuka/Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer, leaving the doubles point on court one. No. 14 Rasheeda McAdoo and Johnnise Renaud bounced out with an early 2-0 lead, but Miami’s Sinead Lohan/Maci Epsten battled back and proved victorious, 6-4, for the point.
SINGLES PLAY: Tech entered singles play needing four wins to take the match and won five hard-fought singles matches. Renaud finished first on court two, taking a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Epstein before Hourigan gave Tech its first lead, 2-1, with a 6-1, 7-5 triumph on court three. Miami moved the match score back to 2-2 with a straight set win on court six, but the Jackets took the next two matches to claim the win.
McAdoo put Tech on the edge of victory, upsetting No. 7 Lohan, an ITA All-American who advanced to the 2016 NCAA Singles Championship semifinals, on court one, 6-4, 6-4, leaving the match score at 3-2. After dropping the first set on court five 6-1, Otsuka cruised to a 6-2 second set win to force a third set. The freshman battled Paterova into a third set tiebreak and fell behind early 3-1. Otsuka then rattled off the next six points to take the tiebreak 7-3 and clinch the match for Tech.
Jones capped the match for Tech, winning in three sets on court four, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
The win marked the first over Miami since 2012 as the Hurricanes entered the match having taken the last six meetings against the Jackets. Tech now stands at 9-0 when competing at home.
QUOTABLE: “It was a rough match as they always are against Miami because they have a great team. They are always great competitors and we always have tough matches against them. They outplayed us in doubles, but we were able to come out in singles and play some really good tennis all the way down the line. I was impressed and happy with the way Rasheeda [McAdoo] played at one, playing the No. 7 player in the country. All the way down the line I was happy with the way we played and I’m happy for Nami [Otsuka] again to clinch the match for us. Now it is time for a little rest before we get ready for Northwestern next Wednesday.” – Head Coach Rodney Harmon
UP NEXT: Georgia Tech has a bye weekend coming up and returns to the court March 22 welcoming Northwestern at 3 p.m.
No. 29 Miami at No. 11 Georgia Tech Results
Match Score: No. 11 Georgia Tech 5, No. 29 Miami 2
1. Sinead Lohan/Maci Eptsein (UM) def. No. 14 Rasheeda McAdoo/Johnnise Renaud (GT) 6-4
2. Paige Hourigan/Kenya Jones (GT) def. Silvia Fuentes/Dominika Paterova (UM) 6-2
3. Ana Madcur/Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. Nami Otsuka/Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) 6-3
Order of finish: 2,3,1
1. No. 52 Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. No. 7 Sinead Lohan (UM) 6-4, 6-4
2. Johnnise Renaud (GT) def. Maci Epstein (UM) 6-3, 6-3
3. No. 91 Paige Hourigan (GT) def. No. 66 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) 6-1, 7-5
4. No. 95 Kenya Jones (GT) vs. Ana Madcur (UM) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
5. Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Dominika Paterova (UM) 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Silvia Fuentes (UM) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) 6-3, 7-5
Order of finish: 2,3,6,1,5,4